The Principal Medical Officer was the senior administrator of the Medical Department, which was created as part of the Colonial Secretary's Department in 1895. The position was responsible for all hospitals in Western Australia, including the Fremantle Asylum and Whitby Falls Hospital. The part-time superintendents of those institutions reported to the Principal Medical Officer.
1830 - 1895 Colonial Surgeon
1895 - 1911 Principal Medical Officer
Sources used to compile this entry: Ellis, A.S., Eloquent Testimony : the Story of the Mental Health Services in Western Australia, 1830-1975, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, Western Australia, 1984. p.28, 39..
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 23 April 2013, Last modified: 8 February 2019